Today was a hiking day for me at Machu Picchu. We were up early and on the bus around 7 am to be among the first to arrive.
We were somewhat disheartened when we saw dense fog covering the mountains, but we were happy we had seen so much yesterday.
Since this is a hiking day, my explanations will be brief, but there are lots of photos. I must warn you, we had a wonderful assistant guide who insisted I be in all the shots with great views, so if you get tired of looking at me, just skim over. This is my "once in a lifetime" experience and I want to prove I was there.
We first started out on the Inka Trail leading to Inti Punku or the Sun Gate.
The trail is very rocky with lots of stone steps. I thought it was odd that people as short as me would build steps so high.
Since we made such good time, we decided to go to the Inka Bridge, where a trail built with impressive Inka engineering crosses a cliff face.
Along the way, the clouds cleared (hooray! how could we be so lucky!). We arrived at the guard house which sits on a promontory that overlooks the agricultural, housing and temple areas.
And then we arrived. It is a spectacular structure to see - and still there 500 years later.